Will of Robert O. Childers
I have Childers and WATTS ancestors from North Carolina.
Does anyone recognize the Leigh family mentioned in this will of Robert O. Childers dated 1785 Prince Edward County, VA, proven 1789 leaving Executors: William Watts and John Leigh?
It states by 1789 William Watts refused to the burden of execution and John Leigh had departed this life.....
Any clues you may have to offer would be appreciated.
ROBERT CHILDRES WILL -- PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, VA. WRITTEN 7 MARCH 1785. PROBATE 20 JULY 1789. In the name of God Amen. (name omitted) I ROBERT CHILDRES of the Parish of St. Patrick and County of Prince Edward being of perfect mind and disposing memory (Bless the Allmighty God) and knowing the incertainty of human life and that it is appointed for all once to die, Do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and following, that is to say In the first place I devise my body to the Earth to be Decently intered at the discretion of my ex'ors hereafter constituted and named, Humbly trusting that at the last day through the merits of our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Chirst that it will receive a happy and Glorious resurection & as to such worldly Estate as it hath pleased the devine providence to bless me with I dispose of the same in manner and form following(viz) that at the death of my beloved wife DORTHA CHILDRES I give and bequeath unto ZACHARIAS GUSENHILL LEIGH to him and His heirs forever the Tract of Land I now posess the quantity of acres not now known until laid off. As to my Stock & household furniture, if I should be indebted when I die I desire may be sold for the payment of my debts by my Ex'ors now named viz WILLIAM WATTS & JOHN LEIGH whom I desire may see my body decently buried, as witness my hand & seal this 7th March 1785 his ROBERT O CHILDRES (seal) mark Teste JOHN LEIGH ELIZABETH LEIGH SARAH LEIGH At a Court held for Prince Edwards County July the 20th 1789. This last Will & Testatment of ROBERT CHILDRES dec'd was presented in court & proved by ELIZABETH LEIGH & SARAH LEIGH be Recorded WILLIAM WATTS one of the Executors therein named refused to take upon himself the burden of the Execution. JOHN LEIGH the other Executor therein named in said will having departed this life, on the motion of ZACHARIAS G. LEIGH who gave bond with JAMES HARPER & SAMUEL BURTON his Securities, according to Law. Administration with the will annexed is granted him and ordered that the same be recorded. Teste F. WATKINS C.C. Examined